Listen to ROSES GONE by The Ashes.
Hello again! It's good to be back after a week off, though it's a shame we had to let Stu's series go. Great stuff that was.
This week it's back to the archives. Last night I was listening to The Walker Brothers, and settled on a theme for this week: "slow & moody songs from the 60s." These are songs from a particular era of pop music, where it was okay for emotional songs to be a little theatrical, before the rock 'n' roll era made "authenticity" the key quality for any pop music performance, but also before soul music (in particular) went baroque and started putting a premium on vocal gymnastics.
Today is a good example what I'm trying to get at, even if the group is obscure. The Ashes were a West Coast folk group who recorded a couple of singles, and morphed into a group with a well-developed cult following, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. And it's not just for the name--the music is really good!
Roses Gone, as I said, was recorded in 1965 by the group when they were The Ashes, and it's got a great 2 AM quality. I love the slight reverb on Sandi Robison's voice. It's a great performance, which is good, because her voice is basically the entire song. Won't you give it a try?
(By the way, Amy & Martin aren't contributing to the blog this week because they're on an epic (halfway) cross-country road trip this week. You can follow their progress here!)
Photo: Empires State Building series (5).